What does Ethelbert mean?
Ethelbert [ethel-bert] as a boys' name is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Ethelbert is "noble, bright". The original form Aethelbert or Aethelbeorht, formed from aethel meaning "noble" and berht meaning "bright, famous", and thus the Old English equivalent of Albert. The name of three Anglo-Saxon kings, two of whom became saints: Saint Ethelbert of Kent whom Saint Augustine converted to Christianity, and Saint Ethelbert of the East Angles to whom Hereford Cathedral is dedicated.
Affiliated boy name: Elbert.
1 feminine form: Ethelberta.Creative forms:
(male) Etheler, Etielbert, ..
(female) Ethelde, Ethelein, .. Middle name pairings:
Ethelbert Yael (E.Y.), ..
How popular is Ethelbert?
Ethelbert is a rare given name for men. Ethelbert is an equivalently rare last name too for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Demographics)
Ethelbert entered the list in 1880-1889 and reached its top position of #1541 in the U.S. then, but is not ranked currently. (Top Baby Names, 2015)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related boy names. Adelbert, Albert (#440 a year ago), Bert, Bertie, Delbert and Elbert are the popular varying forms of Ethelbert. These relations of Ethelbert were favored 125 years ago (adoption of 1.5%) and have become significantly less popular since, with forms such as Adelbert becoming less fashionable.
Similar NamesSuggested similar names are Adalbert, Ailbert (see Albert), Calbert, Colbert, Culbert, Cuthbert, Dalbert, Dilbert, Ebert, Ecbert (see Egbert), Eckbert (see Egbert), Edbert, Egbert, Eilert, Elber, Engelbert, Ethelred, Ethelwin, Ethelwolf, Ethelwulf, Ethelwyn, Filbert, Fulbert, Gellert, Gilbert▼, Giselbert, Guilbert, Halbert, Herbert▼, Hulbert, Hurlbert, Ingelbert, Philbert, Philibert, Phillbert (see Filbert), Schubert, Seabert, Sebert, Seibert, Shubert, Talbert, Thorbert and Wilbert▼. These names tend to be more commonly used than Ethelbert.See names in meaning and etymology.